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Maggie Craig is a Scottish writer and historian, author of the ground-breaking and acclaimed Damn’ Rebel Bitches: The Women of the ’45, When the Clyde Ran Red, a popular history of Red Clydeside, and several page-turning historical novels. Her Glasgow & Clydebank novels are set during the first half of the 20th century and inspired by the joys, struggles and sense of humour of her own family, although they are also works of research and imagination. One Sweet Moment is a poignant and passionate tale of Old Edinburgh. Her latest novel, Gathering Storm, is the first in a planned suite of Jacobite novels.

Maggie is a member of the Society of Authors in Scotland and has served two terms as a committee member. She is a regular and popular speaker around Scotland’s libraries and at book festivals including the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Aye Write! & the Wigtown Book Festival.

When the Clyde Ran Red (October 2011) is a popular history of Red Clydeside, its dramatic events and colourful personalities. As the factual account of events such as the General Strike of 1926, the Great Depression of the 1930s and the Clydebank Blitz of 1941, it is the non-fiction complement to her well-researched and richly-imagined Glasgow & Clydebank novels.

She comes from a family where writing is considered an entirely normal thing to do and which numbers among its forebears the weaver-poet of Paisley, Robert Tannahill, who most famously wrote The Wild Mountain Thyme/Will ye go lassie, go? (“So does hauf o’ Paisley, hen.” Response of wee man in Paisley museum to the foregoing statement.)

Maggie can be contacted for interview at maggiecraig@alliginbooks.co.uk.

For more info on Maggie and her books, visit: www.maggiecraig.co.uk.